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Lenovo shrinks its gaming desktop down to the Y710 Cube

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One of the best-kept secrets in PC gaming continues to be Lenovo's line of gaming laptops and desktops -- for years, the company, best known for ThinkPad and Yoga laptops, has put out a series of decent, if not flashy, game-ready laptops and desktops at very reasonable prices.

The latest is a small desktop, which Lenovo calls the Y710 Cube. It reminds me of similar breadbox-style PCs like the Falcon Northwest Fragbox. The idea is that it's smaller than a full gaming desktop, can fit in the latest GPUs, like Nvidia's new GeForce 1000-series cards -- and it's got a big handle on top so you can lug it to gaming events, a friend's house, down into your man cave, wherever.

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Unlike some of the very squared-off gaming cubes we've seen before, this guy isn't trying to hide discreetly behind your desk. It's got the red lights and sharp angles of the bigger Lenovo gaming desktops, and since it runs current-gen desktop-level graphics, it should be able to handle virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, without a hitch.

There's also one new feature I haven't seen in action yet, but sounds very promising -- you'll have an option to get an integrated Xbox wireless controller receiver, so you can sync a gamepad without having to have the giant Xbox wireless stick that makes using a game controller on a PC such a hassle.

The Y710 Cube will be available in the US starting at $1,299 in October. A sister model, the IdeaCentre AIO Y910 -- an all-in-one 27-inch desktop with Nvidia GeForce graphics -- starts at $1,799. Prices and availability for the UK and Australia have yet to be announced, but those prices convert to roughly £1,000 and £1,385, or AU$1,680 and AU$2,325.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube

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